Yeshua warned his disciples that conflicts between sovereign nations would happen; he also told his disciples what to expect when these conflicts occur hence we towards the horizon knowing what to look forwards to.
Just turn on the television, and you’ll watch news footages dealing with all sorts of different conflicting disputes that exist between nations. You might even grow weary about hearing what your governmental leader is or is not doing wondering, “What now?” You yourself might even develop your own opinions on certain controversial issues where some of your friends might even oppose you!
The fact still remains: conflicts between sovereign nations occur. When they do, members of the international body of Messiah are oftentimes left wondering, “Is this prophetic? Does this current conflict between sovereign nations foretell Messiah’s coming?" More importantly, they ask themselves, "What did Yeshua say about these matters?”
Believe it or not, Yeshua didn’t want his disciples to worry about which sovereign nation would win a dispute that would rise between two sovereign nations ending in such a devastating calamity for its people. Yeshua didn't want his disciples to pick a winning side! Yeshua also didn't want his disciples to worry as to whether or not such a crisis would predetermine his coming to the earth. Why? Yeshua neither wanted his disciples to pick a side nor make war predetermine his coming because he didn't want his disciples to behave in the manner in which the gentile nations act among themselves.
If anything, he forewarned his disciples to behave in a manner that was uniquely different from the gentiles nations who engage in such kinds of activities such as war. In like manner, Yeshua also didn't want his disciples to think that an existing conflict between two nations could ever foretell his coming to the earth. Instead, he reiterated what his disciples already knew and instructed them in how they ought to behave among each other.
"25 You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your servant. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:25-28, NLT).
He was more concerned about his disciples’ spiritual well-being. He was concerned about how his disciples would behave among each other. He was also concerned with how any given individual might enter into his fold to misguide his followers. So instead of telling his disciples to pick a side and believe that the winning faction would decide the fate of his coming, Yeshua said, “Beware.”
5 [...] “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 6 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah (i.e., anointed by G-d).’ They will deceive many. 7 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. (Mark 13:5-7, NLT).
So, what lies on the horizon? Members of the international body of Messiah understand that “[…] no one knows the day or hour when these things (i.e., Yeshua’s coming to the earth) will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36, NLT, compare with Mark 13:32). In other words, the conflict that sovereign nations enter into can neither foretell Yeshua’s coming nor hurry his coming so that a group of people could escape into heaven from the devastation that war brings. The Bible says that Yeshua “[…] must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as Yahweh promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3:21, NLT).
As opposed to entertaining the idea that Yeshua will come to preserve us from the calamities that war brings, members of the international body of Messiah take Yeshua’s words with great care and understanding. When war breaks out between two sovereign nations, Yeshua forewarned his disciples of what will come from the horizon. Members of the international body of Messiah know that false prophets will arise everywhere claiming themselves to be anointed (i.e., Messiah). We also know that they will claim to have had a dream or a vision relating to the current conflicts being advertised in the media. Just as well, we know that these false prophets will even manipulate Scriptures to make it seem as if though whatever it is that come to proclaim comes from Yahweh.
If we take a closer look at what these false prophets claim, we’ll soon notice that these these false pretenders do not have a history of foretelling current events as we understand them today. These visionaries, soothsayers and fortunetellers do not have a documented history that predates such conflicts that we see on the news. Instead, they will incite their audience to enter into mass hysteria and believe whatever it is that they conjure up in return for financial endorsements.
Conflicts between sovereign nations occur. War burdens people. Instead of following a seer or a soothsayer in whatever vision or dream they may conjure of, Yeshua was clear to state, “26 If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27, NLT).
So, what will be the end result of these false prophets who try to mislead people into thinking something contrary to what Yeshua taught? Even though many claim to follow the teachings of Messiah Yeshua, Yeshua himself said something of great interest to his disciples. He said,
“21 Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I (i.e., Yeshua) never knew you. Get away from me, you who break Yahweh's laws.’" (Matthew 7:21-23, NLT).
Do not let the current conflicts that exist between nations misguide you into behaving in a similar manner; on the contrary, Yeshua wants his disciples to behave in a unique manner where we're in service to one another. Also, do not allow yourself to be easily deceived by false prophets claiming to have an anointing of G-d. Instead, be followers of Yeshua's teachings. Allow for the current conflicts that exist between sovereign nations lead you to understand that false prophets are on they way to misguide you from Yeshua’s teachings.
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